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This week's schedule:
Binghamton vs. Rutgers
Friday, August 29, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Binghmaton vs. Akron
Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 1 p.m.

Binghamton at Northern Arizona
Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 10 p.m.

2008 season to open at Northern Arizona Tournament
Binghamton will begin its 2008 season by traveling west to take on Big East-member Rutgers at the Northern Arizona Tournament on Friday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The following day will feature two contests for the Bearcats, the first versus Akron and the nightcap against tournament-host Northern Arizona. Rutgers is coming off a 3-22 year and the match with Binghamton will be the debut of new Rutgers head coach CJ Werneke. This will be the second meeting between the Bearcats and the Scarlet Knights. Binghamton won their first meeting, 3-1 at the Harvard Invitational in 2006.

Seniors Ashley Allen and Jaclyn Strader named 2008 captains
Head Coach Glenn Kiriyama has announced that outside hitter
Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) and libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) will serve as team captains for the 2008 Bearcats. Allen is a three-year starter for the Bearcats and is coming off her best year yet, after leading the team in total kills (315) last year. Strader has led the Bearcats in digs every year since her arrival in 2005 and is only five shy of the school record in total digs, held by Ashley Meffert (1,266). Strader set BU’s single season record last season with 4.58 digs per game.

Bearcats return two all-rookie selections to lineup
Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) and Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis.) were both named to the America East All-Rookie team in 2007 and will both return to the Bearcats starting lineup this season. McDonough is an outside hitter who led the squad in kills per game (2.66) in her freshman season. McDonough was also third on the team in digs per game (2.83). Mueller is the Bearcat’s other standout sophomore and will return to her starting setter spot. As a freshman, she dished out 10.13 assists per game and was second on the team in digs per game with a 3.40 average.

NCAA rule and terminology changes for upcoming volleyball season
The NCAA has announced that the term “game” will be replaced by “set.” Also, the number of points required to win sets one through four are now 25. The fifth set will still be played to 15. Previously, sets were played to 30.

Bearcats picked to finish fourth in preseason poll
Binghamton has been picked to finish fourth in the 2008 AE preseason poll. The leagues seven head coaches are the poll voters. Albany was selected as the preseason favorite followed by New Hampshire, UMBC and then Binghamton. If the Bearcats do finish fourth or better it will be their fifth straight season of qualifying for the America East Championships.

Notes, Numbers, Trends, Streaks...
The Bearcats return four starters and a libero from last seasons 16-18 squad that finished fourth in the America East...Junior middle blocker
Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) is the conferences top returning blocker (1.26/g) and will be looking to become the seventh Bearcat in seven years to lead the America East in block per game...Anne Crocus held the banner from 2002-04 and recent graduate Jacki Kane led the AE from 2005-07...Kane finished her 2007 campaign ranked 14th in the nation at 1.55 blocks per game...Binghamton lead the AE in team blocks per game last year with 3.00/g...Strader currently has 1,261 career digs, five shy of BU record...The Bearcats received four weekly honors from the conference in 2007. Kane was named Player of the Week (Oct. 1), Mueller was named Setter of the Week (Sept. 10) and Rookie of the Week (Oct. 22) and McDonough was named Rookie of the Week (Oct. 29).

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